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For up to date information and postings please visit our Facebook Page: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. 

We have created a petition to gather signatures from the community and everyone who loves the Athens-Hudson Lighthouse.
This is in line with HALPS' efforts to secure $7.5M in federal funding to rebuild and strengthen the underwater foundation of the
Hudson-Athens lighthouse.

The signed petition will be submitted to the legislators as a show of support and also, as a reminder to our elected officials of their pledges.
We want to gather as many signatures as we can so we can expand awareness and gain more attention.

Please click to sign the petition and share the link with friends and family.


Starting on June 17 until Oct 14, regular scheduled tours on Saturdays will depart from Hudson Riverfront Park and Athens Riverfront Park. Please refer to the schedule and times below.

Days and Times Departing from Hudson:

June 17 - 10 AM AND 12 PM

July 22 - 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

August 26 - 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

September 23 - 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

October 14 - 10 AM and 12 PM

Days and Times Departing from Athens:

June 17 - 11 AM AND 1 PM

July 8 - 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

August 12 - 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

September 9 - 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM

October 14 - 11 AM and 1 PM

For ticket reservations, please visit Many new tours have been added to the website, including tours around Middle Ground Flats, the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, sunset cruises, fall foliage and sightseeing cruises.

The tour offers an opportunity to learn about the important role that the Hudson River played in the development of the upper Hudson River towns and the role that the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse plays in the safe navigation of river transportation. Visitors can go back in time and see how the lightkeepers and their families lived in the middle of the Hudson River, how they made their meals, how the kids went to school, and weathered the toughest winters!

The whole tour lasts for about 1.5 hours, giving visitors time to explore and go to the top of the Beacon to get a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Hudson River. Watch the video on Hudson River history narrated by Emily Brunner, who lived in the lighthouse as a child and participated in tours until her early 90s. Visitors can also see a video of the early founders of HALPS and the initial restoration of the lighthouse. Videos run on a continual loop and can be joined at any time.

See the letter from the US Lighthouse Service appointing Emil Brunner to his post at the Hudson-Athens light in 1930 and read some of the duties required of a lighthouse keeper. Children can ring the newer fog bell, and picnic tables are provided for those who want to bring lunch or just sit and enjoy the surroundings. Visitors may be surprised by cargo ships on their way to the Port of Albany, a lost harbor seal, a nesting bald eagle, a fisher climbing a tree on shore, casual fishermen, kayakers, paddle boarders, or even a deer swimming from Middle Ground Flats to shore.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made online at or by calling 518-945-8184. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. Payment may be in cash or online on one's phone at that time with the tour operator.

Adults are $30, seniors 65+ and members $27, children aged 15 and under $20, and infants 2 and under are free. Please stop at the HALPS table on your way to the boat.

The use of the lighthouse for private and public tours and events is one of the many ways the Lighthouse Preservation Society raises money to pay for the preservation of the Lighthouse, which is owned solely by the Preservation Society. Please visit the membership page to learn how to become a member.

The lighthouse has been used for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and private parties. Contact

Thank you for your support.

Additional Events:

Waterfront Wednesdays Back for 2023

In 2020, the Hudson Sloop Club, as well as other entities in Hudson (including HALPS)
banded together to offer local residents an opportunity to experience the Hudson River and the Riverfront Park.

Waterfront Wednesdays have continued to expand for 2023 offering a full compliment of activities for all ages. HALPS will offer boat tours on July 5, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2, August 9th, August 16th, August 23rd.

For updates and more information, go to @WaterfrontWednesdays.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are currently held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:30 -2:00 in person at the Claverack Library and via zoom. Active volunteers receive the invitation. Meetings are open to the public. If you want to be notified, please email or 

 Board of Directors 

Hudson Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Board Members 2023

Executive Committee
President: Kristin Gamble
Vice President: Robert Green
Treasurer: Marilyn Rositzke
Secretary: Jonathan Kay
At Large Member: Carol Gans
Director of Operations - Kate Treacy

Van Calhoun
Joe Kenneally
Kay Lasher
Josh Lipsman
Rebecca Martin
Kathleen Tan
Bob Taylor
Betsy Feldstein

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